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Fears over content of fake vodka in Scunthorpe

Bottles of fake vodka seized from a shop in North Lincolnshire contained high levels of "chemical" alcohol and may cause abnormal side effects, it is feared.

Trading Standards officers found the bottles in Scunthorpe.

And officials said the fake Smirnoff vodka and Glen's vodka contained 52.5% strength alcohol despite labels claiming 37.5%

The bottles contained isopropanol, a chemical used in cleaning fluids.

'Seek medical advice'

A spokesman for North Lincolnshire Council said anyone drinking the counterfeit vodka could be consuming more alcohol than they were aware of.

He said that alcohol in vodka should be derived from ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin.

But the alcohol in samples of the fake vodka was from "non-agricultural tertiary butanol or isopropanol".

Councillor Ron Allcock, of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "Anyone who thinks they have bought counterfeit vodka should report it to Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

"Please seek medical advice if you think you are suffering from any abnormal side effects after drinking suspected fake vodka."

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